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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 24, 1912, Image 21',
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HIS CHRISTMAS GIFT A HOLIDAY STORY
By Idah McGlone Gibson.
John Semple steps became
-slower as he toiled up the hill to
the familiar farmhouse gate.
The winter evening-Jiad shut
The citftains had not been
drawn and the family was intent
on decorating the Christmas tree
with its brilliant holiday gauds.
"By jove," he muttered to him
self, "I've forgotten it was Christ
mas eve." He leaned beside the
big elm just inside the gate and he
reached his hand up with almost 3
a caressing movement against its
gnarled old trunk. ' His fihgers
touched a smooth place on the
bark and long-forgotten thoughts -curlish
his hard mouth into a boy
ish smile. Quickly he struck a'
match and held it up to the tree.
Yes, there it was J.S. and M. R.,
enclosed in a rude heart. KI wdn-
der where Mary is tortight?" he
said to himself. I